Sebelius resignation leads to divergent interpretations

The timing of the Health and Human Services secretary’s departure, less than two weeks after the end of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, has Washington spinning frantically. (Updated)

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Regardless of the administration’s public explanation for the Secretary’s exit, Obamacare has been a rolling disaster and her resignation is cold comfort to the millions of Americans who were deceived about what it would mean for them and their families.

To contrast, here’s part of what Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said:

Not once did she let attacks from both the left and the right deter her from the goal of bringing health care to millions of uninsured Americans, and working to improve the health of people across the nation. She is to be commended for this. As she leaves office, Secretary Sebelius has every reason to be proud of her service.

That’s the spread. She’s either a great success who will be remembered well by history, or an immense failure who helped “deceive” the American public. Of course, that’s politics, but the timing of the secretary’s resignation is such that it’s going to be all but impossible to divorce it from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and its various technical glitches. Members of Congress are already drawing conclusions about more resignations to come:

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